Walking

Did you know that to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day?

We’re encouraging our community to walk more and join a walking group! Luckily for us, when it comes to places to walk in Moonee Valley, we’re spoilt for choice with so many beautiful parks, reserves and walking trails.

The benefits of walking

The great thing about walking is:

  • It’s free
  • It’s for people of all ages and walks of life
  • You can go at your own pace
  • You can do it almost anywhere – whether it’s in a park, getting to the local shops, or walking the kids home from school

Walking regularly can:

  • help you build friendships and local connections
  • improve overall mood and reduce stress        
  • manage weight and prevent or control diabetes   
  • reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke

Walking groups in Moonee Valley

Make it easier for people to join your group

We’re encouraging all local walking groups to sign up with Heart Foundation Walking – Australia’s largest walking group network.

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  • Groups can be of any size, it takes just 2 people to start a walking group!
  • Groups can walk at any chosen time or day, for any length chosen and at the difficulty level that is suitable for group members.

Signing up is free and has many benefits including access to resources and recognition of achievements.

Sign up your group now!

I want to find a group near me

Not part of a group, but want to find one near you? Find a group on Heart Foundation Walking's directory.

We've recently helped start the following new groups:

  • Wingate Avenue Community Centre Walking Group in Ascot Vale - meets Tuesdays 10am - call 92431245
  • Airport West Waking Group - meets Tuesdays 7pm - email info@runningfitbox.com.au

I want to start a walking group

This is awesome and we're here to help! Email us at health@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call our Health Promotion and Community Engagement Officer on 9243 1245.

Where to walk in Moonee Valley

Moonee Valley is host to so many beautiful parks, reserves and walking trails - we’re certainly spoilt when it comes to great walking spots!

Local parks

See our interactive map to find a large or smaller local park near you - simply type in your address and select the appropriate filter to see what's around.

Walking trails

Explore the natural beauty and history of Moonee Valley with these guides.

They provide a suggested route and points of interest:

Dog off-leash parks

Want somewhere to take your four-legged friend where they can run around? There are several parks and reserves in Moonee Valley where dogs can exercise off leash.

Park Location Mel Ref

Aberfeldie Park

The Boulevard, Aberfeldie

28 C6

JH Allan Reserve

Park Drive, East Keilor

27 D2

Boeing Reserve (Northern end only)

Boeing Road, Strathmore Heights

16 D5

Cross Keys Reserve (Eastern end only)

Bridge Street, Essendon

28 K1

Davis Reserve

Fullarton Street, Airport West

15 G9

Fairbairn Park

Woods Street, Ascot Vale

28 C9

Spring Gully Reserve

Keilor Road, East Keilor

15 G10

Thompson Street Reserve

Thompson Street, Avondale Heights

27 C5

Travancore Park

Mooltan Street, Flemington

29 B10

See the dog ownership page for more information.

Here are a couple of videos to inspire you!

Take the dogs for a walk and discover the recently-opened dog park in Strathmore:

 

Take a walk through Travancore Park with our new 3-metre wide shared path:

Take a stroll along the beautiful Maribyrnong River and discover the exciting upgrade to Riverside Park - the kids will love the pirate ship and new equipment!

 

Initiatives that encourage walking

We're undertaking the following projects throughout 2018 to encourage walking in our community:

  • Partnering with Avondale Heights Preschool to publish a book about the significance of the Maribyrnong River to Wurundjeri people and highlighting walking paths along the river
  • Partnering with Wurundjeri Land Council to develop a walking trail brochure about local culturally significant sites in Moonee Valley
  • Organising a neighbourhood event in Airport West to promote the newly created Green Spine park as a new walking corridor for local residents
  • Developing footpath decals highlighting walking routes to spaces and places within a 20 minute walk from the Shopping centres in Ascot Vale and Strathmore

For more information on the above projects, contact out Health Promotion and Community Engagement Officer on 9243 1245.

Other resources

Last updated: Monday, 14 May 2018, 7:07 AM